A memorable visit to one of Britain’s greatest photographers, John Blakemore. Blakemore is famous for his landscape practice which he developed in the 1970s, along with photographers such as Thomas Joshua Cooper and Paul Hill. The exquisite printing and the imagery of his black and white landscapes have been compared to Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Minor White. These beautiful photographs are often the result of multiple exposures, some pictures including as many as 48 separate exposures. More information on work by John Blakemore in the Hymann Collection can be found here: http://www.britishphotography.org/artists/19168/statement/john-blakemore
Blakemore’s extraordinary obsession, over many years, with the tulip is also memorable. As images get more complex and constructed, so many are named Tulipamania, a reference to the Dutch tulip “bubble” as well as his own obsession. It was incredible to see the diversity of printing from the same negative, from rich dark tones to ethereal pale prints, and punchy black and white to subtle gold and selenium toned prints.